Cat Tries To Wake Up Dead Friend

Cat Tries To Wake Up Dead Friend

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

Cat Tries To Wake Up Dead Friend is the title of a YouTube video that is guaranteed to make you cry.

Please stop reading and move on to another article if videos like this upset you. This video is probably the saddest cat video I’ve ever seen.

It shows two cats between parked cars in a parking lot. I take it one of the cats has been hit by a car (although there are no visible injuries). It’s friend is desperately trying to wake up the dead cat.

A footnote states the white cat did this for over two hours. The video was edited down to just over four minutes. It took a long time for the white cat to allow anyone close to it’s dead friend.

The reason I wanted to share this is I believe it’s proof that cats have human emotions such as grief and loneliness. A lot of people consider cats as “possessions” or “property” and forget cats feel the same loss with the death of a friend as we humans do with the death of a loved one.

Here’s the link to an article I did over a year ago: Do Cats Love.

The video is beautifully done from an artistic point of view. And the song used as background music is perfect.

I urge everyone to watch the video and take away what I did from the experience.

That cats do love and sometimes a good cry does us good.

Elisa

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Jun 14, 2011
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My thoughts
by: Anonymous

This video is very touching. It reminds me of the dog who saved the baby’s life (in Argentina, if I’m correct… look for it on YouTube)… because it shows that animals do care about the others they are surrounded with. In this video, it was another cat. In the video I mentioned, it was a human baby.

And my mom’s cat, Max, is always happy to see me when I visit. In fact, one time he followed me around a little bit! 🙂

One more thing:

Someone used the words “Please, please don’t let this mean a poodle could have been smarter than a cat.”

You have some nerve. The way that this is said (two “pleases”???) offends me deeply. It’s as if the person is talking down about dogs. Different word usage would have prevented this.


May 26, 2011
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Do cats love?
by: Anonymous Mputees

I couldn’t bring myself to watch the video; too emotional! But I know that all animals do feel the same emotions that people do. I have always been around cats and dogs. They DO LOVE each other and their human companions. Two animals that grow up together groom each other, just like a mother brushing her daughter’s hair or washing her son’s face. It doesn’t matter if they are the same species or not. They even love their people.

A friend of mine has a dog. They would go visit Grandma and Grandpa on the weekends so their children could visit. They would take the dog who developed a very strong bond with Grandpa.

Grandpa passed away in the hospital where the dog couldn’t witness his passing. The dog only knew that Grandpa wasn’t anywhere in the house. She kept trying to tell everyone that they needed to help her find him. She didn’t understand what happened and why no one seemed conserned to find Grandpa.

The dog sank into a very deep depression. She would not play with the children or the cat. She didn’t want to eat; she only wanted to lay with her hear in Grandpa’s chair or on the rug on his side of the bed. She refused to allow anyone to sit in Grandpa’s chair, even her people children.

Her people parents finally had to adopt a puppy in order to bring her back to life. It worked, but she still misses Grandpa and mopes when they go to his home for visits.


Apr 14, 2011
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Yes, Ruth
by: Michael

Yep, it may be that the dead cat is the mother of the cat trying to revive her despite the coat color and pattern differences. Recessive genes could account for the difference. It doesn’t change the sadness that goes to the centre of my heart.


Apr 14, 2011
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So very sad
by: Ruth

I did eventually force myself to watch the video. A box of tissues later I think the cat looks well dead.
Possibly she was the mother of the cat trying to revive her and they’d been together forever ? He’s kneading her as a kitten does his mother for milk and in between he is looking at her for attention.
Just a thought.

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Apr 13, 2011
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Strays giving birth
by: Elisa

Whenever I helped a stray give birth I’d always show her a dead kitten to prevent her from hunting for it later. I haven’t found anything yet to say this cat survived. And I’ve been looking.


Apr 13, 2011
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Unresponsive cat probably is alive
by: Ruth (Monty’s Mom)

My first thought upon seeing this video is that no cat would keep trying to wake up a dead cat. He would grieve– as others have testified to– but he would sniff death on the other cat and know what it means. When my late husband’s father died of cancer the dog sniffed the body, walked away and never looked for him again. That dog was always by Dan’s father, but when he passed the dog seemed to know what it meant to be dead.

So my first thought was, “Please, please don’t let this mean a poodle could have been smarter than a cat.” I believe that cat was there because the other cat, though unconscious, is alive and he will never abandon his friend. Whether his efforts ultimately saved the other cat, I don’t know. Could it have been like CPR as he is kneading the body of his friend with his paws? Doubtful, actually, I think. But I do think a cat knows what death means, and he would know better than to try to wake up a dead cat. Humans think that way because it looks like the dead animal is sleeping. Animals know by the smell right away, much quicker than us, when a creature no longer lives.

I do think this video shows the loyalty of cats to those they have bonded with. It dispels myths about cats being loners and solitary creatures only.


Apr 13, 2011
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Cats are very clever
by: Ruth

My sister Barbara had a ginger cat at one time called Felix, he was her feline soul mate for many years. If she was away for a few days with here husband they would have a telephone conversation on an evening!
I’d hold the phone to Felix’s ear for him while Babz talked to him, then to his mouth when he would answer. He could actually make his meows sound like our words ‘hello’ ‘how are you’ ‘goodnight’
Cats are much cleverer than some people think and far more clever than some people too !

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Apr 12, 2011
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I only have one vocal
by: Elisa

Shirley. I wish I could record her. She’ll meow at me and I’ll meow back at her. I must speak her language because we meow back and forth at each other. And she really looks at me like I’m answering her questions.

Goodness I need to get a life! I talk to cats more than I talk to people!

When my cat Spot died his buddy Tramp didn’t know about it as we were in the process of moving. Tramp looked for Spot for weeks. He’d go all thru the house meowing.


Apr 12, 2011
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Cat’s do greive
by: Lori

I had two cats that I adopted at the same time,when they were almost 16 years old one died from cancer and the surviving one never got over his death.She just got more and more depressed until she just gave up.My vet said that she had a broken heart.even when I adopted other cats she never recovered from losing her best friend.


Apr 12, 2011
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I can’t watch either
by: Leah (England)

Sorry Elisa I can’t watch because I already know that cats feel pain, fear, stress etc and I know that they do love.

My cat Ozzie is very vocal and my hubby told him off earlier because his vocals were non stop. Ozzie did eventually quieten down but he was upset to the point that he crept over to hubby practically on his belly like a little dog to make amends. His meows were so pitiful My hubby could be annoyed no longer so he asked him what was the matter and the vocals started all over! I think hubby gave up after that! You see cats are very perceptive to human emotions because they love us. When I’m upset Oz is all around me.


Apr 12, 2011
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Did it survive?
by: Elisa

I sure hope so. It’s amazing how smart cats are


Apr 12, 2011
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CPR
by: Stella

I watched this impressive and touching video years ago and the comment said, that this massage lead to the survival of the cat, that would have died without it. Anyway, we all would have done it for a friend of ours. There’s the parallel. 🙂


Apr 12, 2011
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Don’t know about the kitty
by: Elisa

I hope someone took this poor cat home. This video has become popular as it looks as though the cat is doing CPR massage on its friend. I did read the cat wouldn’t let anyone near for several hours and one of the men on scene was a vet.


Apr 12, 2011
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So Heartbreaking
by: Gail (Boston, USA)

During and after watching this video, I’m a blubbering mess, the tears won’t stop. This does prove that cats DO have feelings. Anyone watching this vid cannot deny this fact, although I’m sure some would. I wonder what happened to the live cat after the dead one was taken away. Elisa, do you know if the remaining cat was a stray?

Like Ruth, my brother’s cat grieved a long time when their dog passed. The cat sniffed the dead body, walked away and proceeded to wail for weeks afterward, going room to room, looking for him. Yes, animals do feel. They are not possessions.


Apr 12, 2011
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Too sad
by: Ruth

I can’t bear to watch the video because my heart is so full of sadness at present if I start crying I will never be able to stop.
But I want to say that cats DO have emotions, no matter what the sceptics say, they do love and grieve just as we do.
Just because they can’t put it into words doesn’t mean they don’t feel as deeply as we do.
When our old Bert died our Bryan who was just a kitten at the time and had cared for him in his last days, washing his face for him, tried to wake him up.
He’s gone too now.
Cats lives are so very short in comparison with ours and it makes me very sad that some of those lives are filled with pain, fear or want.
I would wish for each and every cat the happy life they deserve !

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Apr 12, 2011
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Sadness
by: Michael

I seems to bring together all our feelings of loss and helplessness. You can’t not cry. Sadness wells up.

The innocence of the cat is very touching too.



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Cat Tries To Wake Up Dead Friend — 2 Comments

  1. Something similar happened to my cat, my brother feline, but the “dead” … was me.
    I did apparently dead and my friend did the exact procedures that the cat did to your friend.
    My parents never bothered with me as my feline friend bother.
    In my country (Brazil) is a philosophy that says:
    “THow more I know mankind, more like my cat / dog”
    Cats and dogs are not pets, they are LOYAL FRIENDS.

    OF

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